Primary Years - Grade 1 to 5 (Age 6-11)

Developing the whole child as an inquirer

The primary years of schooling continue to build upon the foundations set in the Early Years.

During the primary stage of education, children are developing an understanding of themselves as learners, they are establishing routines and habits of mind. They are also developing skills, knowledge and understandings that will follow them through their schooling careers.

We believe that student learning is best achieved when it is grounded in international perspectives, is inquiry-based, relevant to the real world and provided through integrated learning.

At GEMS (Singapore), PYP student learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them.

International Perspectives

GEMS (Singapore) provides a programme which brings together the best practices from educational systems around the world. The focus is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible global citizenship.

Inquiry-based Learning 

Inquiry approaches to teaching and learning will build on students' individual knowledge and interest. It will emphasise 'learning how to learn' and 'how to find out'.

Inquiry can mean: exploring, wondering, experimenting, collecting data and reporting findings, taking and defending a position, and solving problems in a variety of ways.

Integrated Instruction 

The subject areas of mathematics, languages, science, social studies, personal, social and physical education, technology, music and art are taught through integrated units.

When studying a global issue, this allows us to reinforce to students the numerous connections between the subjects, facilitating more effective and meaningful learning.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is integrated throughout our Primary Years programme.


Learning Environment

Our educational environments are designed with learning in mind. Teachers and students utilise all areas as learning spaces. Our Primary students have access to the following specialised areas:


 IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. 

It will develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values.

The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.

The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them.

The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.

Through this pedagogical practice, GEMS (Singapore) PYP students become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.

Through assessment, teachers identify what students know, understand, can do and value at different stages in the teaching and learning process.

At GEMS (Singapore), learning is viewed as a continuous journey, where teachers identify students’ needs and use assessment data to plan the next stage of their learning.

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GEMS (Singapore) PYP students carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project-inquiry known as the PYP exhibition in their final year of the programme.

Students collectively synthesise all of the essential elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community.

The GEMS (Singapore) PYP Exhibition provides the school and students with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the transition of learners to the next phase of their education.

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Grade Level Subject Areas Method of Delivery Maximum Teacher:
Student Ratio
Annual Contact Hours Course Duration (months)
Grade 1 to 5 Integrated programme with further specialised teaching in:
  • Physical Education
  • Language Acquisition: Mandarin, Spanish, French or English as an Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Music
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • English: Reading, writing, speaking
  • Face-to-face
  • 8.45am to 3.30pm
  • Full-time
2:24 925 9.3 months

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